Things We Read and Loved: Incident Reporting

October 26, 2017 Kaitlyn Whelan

It's Canadian Patient Safety Week from October 30th to November 3rd. In that spirit, we've released a toolkit that encourages organizations to promote reporting to impact patient safety. Since we already have reporting on our minds, we decided to theme this months readings around reporting and how it enhances quality of care. 


Reporting and Preventing Medical Mishaps: Lessons from Non-Medical Near Miss Reporting Systems 

A classic article from Paul Barach and Stephen Small about what we can learn about reporting from non-medical industries. Incident reporting is institutionalized in many organizations, especially when high-risk is involved. The authors look at how these industries have succeeded in making it part of the culture and how the healthcare industry can adopt these principles. 

Reporting Patient Safety Events 

This piece is a great overview read of the importance of reporting patient safety events. The article provides a great big-picture view since the authors' discussion goes beyond the need to collect data and delves into how that data should then be utilized. 

Strategies to Boost Event Reporting 

We couldn't theme this month around reporting without including our very own Strategies to Boost Event reporting whitepaper. Under-reporting is a consistent issue in healthcare - in fact, it's estimated that only 14% of events are reported. This guide provides suggestions to boost incident reporting at your organization - from promotional materials to education. 

How do you engage staff in reporting? Share your strategies on RL HUB or in the comments below! And don't forget to take a look at our new Why I Report toolkit. 

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